Friends and Family,
Today is Ethan's last day of his first round of chemotherapy. He has responded well to the treatment so far... meaning his white blood cells have gone down in number... which is great! He will now take a break from chemo for a few days to allow his body to recover from the intense medicine and then they will start up another round of chemotherapy later this week or next week. These rounds of chemo will continue for the next several weeks/months in order to get his little body ready for a bone marrow transplant. His red blood cells are low today, so they are going to give him another transfusion of red cells and plasma.
They've started the bone marrow process now. It will be several weeks before we really know anything, but for those of you who have said you'd like to be tested as a match, rest assured that if they cannot find a match in the National Donor Bank for our sweet baby, I will 'sound the horn' for all of you out there to be tested!
The doctor explained to me this morning a little bit more of what's going on with Ethan's body. Basically, we all have red and white blood cells. White blood cells help fight off infection in our bodies. They can grow and multiply whenever necessary TO fight infections. The problem with Ethan's situation is that it is his white blood cells that have the cancer. So his system is fighting against itself. The breakdown of the explanation is like this...
1. His type of cancer is in his white blood cells.
2. His body recognizes there is an infection, so (just like white cells are meant to do) they start multiplying, growing and spreading throughout his body to "fight" the infection.
3. The unfortunate irony is that his white cells are what is infected and therefore spreading the cancer throughout his blood, not fixing it.
We still have a very long, tough road ahead of us, but we know God is still holding Ethan daily and He's not finished with this little boy just yet. Our continued thanks for all your comments, emails, cards and MOST IMPORTANTLY your prayers. You will never know the amount of encouragement you have given us.... daily. God is using you to remind us of His love for us. I am so thankful for the Lord's strength and peace right now.... without Him, we'd not be able to get through this.
Continue to pray for the requests I mentioned in my below post. And thank you soooo much for caring and loving us and for spreading the word for others to pray.
Much love and gratitude.